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S House Advisors

Lisa DeMirjian
Room L200
Grades 10 & 12
Al Trundle
Room L200
Grades 9 & 11
Amy Golden
x71268 Room L200
Grades 9-12

M House Advisors

Judith Hinojosa-Riusech
Room H106
Grades 9 & 11
Maribel Pulido
Room H106
Grades 10 & 12

O House Advisors

Maricela Gonzalez
Room H209
Grades 9 & 11
Laura Simone
x71291 Room H209 Grades 10 & 12

H House Advisors

Negar Asiaban
Room E109
Grades 9 & 11
Zaneta Camerino Bio
x71134 Room E109 Grades 10 & 12

I House Advisors - Advisor Department Chairs

Jessica Garrido
Room i208
Grades 9 & 11
Yunuen Valencia Bio
x71226 Room i208 Grades 10 & 12

Advisor Bios

Negar Asiaban began her educational experience as a teacher for a private school in the SFV. She has a strong passion for helping her students and decided to pursue a career in counseling. Her journey began at CSUN where she earned her B.A. in Psychology, and then she continued on to LMU where she earned her M.A. in School Counseling with a P.P.S. Credential. She started her career off as an intern for MHS and El Camino High School, then as the 8th grade long-term substitute Counselor at JAMS. Now she is excited and proud to be our new H House Advisor!

Zaneta Camerino grew up in Orange County, earned her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine, and her M.A. in school counseling with P.P.S. credential from Loyola Marymount University. She has been in the field of education since 2010, working as a behavior interventionist in special education and interning both at JAMS and Samohi before finishing graduate school and joining the Samohi advisor team. Zaneta enjoys many activities including traveling, biking around the Westside, and spending time with her friends, family, and fur-baby. She is especially passionate and excited about working with students and their families and loves being a part of the Samohi community and H House!

Lisa DeMirjian has been working in SMMUSD since 1989. She received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Liberal Studies from UCLA. She then earned her teaching credentials and two masters degrees from CSUN and her Pupil Personnel Credential from California Lutheran University. Lisa previously worked at Lincoln Middle School and at the SMMUSD District Office before coming to SAMOHI. Lisa loves working with her students and being part of SAMOHI.

Jessica Garrido received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Education from UC Santa Cruz. After a few years directing an after school program for elementary school students, Jessica returned for her MA in Counseling and PPS in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Jessica has been an Advisor at Santa Monica High School since 2004. Prior to Samohi, Jessica worked as a Counselor at Culver City Adult School, a Counseling Assistant at Venice High School, and did research for educational programs through LAUSD. So far, Santa Monica is her favorite place to be, especially I House! 

Amy Golden was born and raised in NY and moved to California in 2001.  Prior to her move, she received her Master’s in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from the University of Maryland.  Ms. Golden’s first job was as a middle school counselor in 1999.  Since then she has been a Teacher, Counselor, Assistant Principal and Principal.  After 9 years in administration, Ms. Golden is thrilled to be back in the job she loves the most… S House Advisor.

Maricela Gonzalez' passion for counseling first started in high school where she was a College Peer Counselor for 2 years.  Her journey continued in LAUSD where she became a Teacher's Assistant for 3 years while she was receiving her BA in Sociology at UC Irvine.  Her journey set off Northeast when she landed at USC, where she earned her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in school counseling and received her PPS Credential.  She was an intern at John Adams Middle School for a year and after graduation was invited to become part of the JAMS team. She was honored to work with the JAMS community for 8 years.  In 2010, her passion then lead her to SAMOHI, where she has continued her journey and have been loving it ever since.

Judith Hinojosa-Riusech began her educational experience at LAUSD working as a Teacher's Assistant. Later she transferred into Special Education and worked as a Special Education Teacher’s Assistant while earning her BA in Psychology and Spanish. After graduating with her BA she went on to work for LAUSD for their research department while she pursued her MA. She went on to graduate with her MA in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from LMU and was hired as an Advisor at Samohi in 2005. In 2006 she was married. A few years later she had  two beautiful little girls one in 2011 and one in 2012. Being a parent and a working mom has been a very rewarding and humbling experience. Furthermore, working with her students through the years and being a part of their journey as they develop into productive young men and woman has been a very satisfying experience for her and one that is not taken lightly. She continues to be inspired and motivated by her students every day.

Maribel Pulido became an Advisor for Samo starting in 2006. Maribel is originally from San Bernardino County and moved to the Los Angeles area as she continued with her educational career. She earned both her degrees from Loyola Marymount University:  BA in Psychology and minored in Theology and immediately after received her Master’s in Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.  Prior to SAMO, she interned and was a substitute teacher for the Centinela Valley Unified School District.  She is bilingual (Spanish and English) and loves to travel! 

Laura Simone has 22 year of teaching and counseling experience. Bachelors Degree from USC, Masters Degree from Azusa Pacific University. Pupil Personnel Credential, Administrative Credential, Teaching Credentials in Health and Physical Education, CLAD Credential.

Al Trundle began working for SMMUSD in 1991 and became an Advisor at Santa Monica High School in 2002. Prior to this assignment, he worked at Lincoln Middle School as a teacher, counselor and vice principal. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in History with a minor in Business Administration. He then went on to earn his Master in Education and his teaching credential, also from UCLA. After teaching full time for four years he went to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, where he earned credentials and degrees in School Counseling and School Administration.

Yunuen Valencia has been working in the educational field since 2001.  She received her BA in Sociology with a Minor in Spanish and received her MA in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Loyola Marymount University.  Before joining Samohi, Yunuen previously worked for LAUSD (Westchester High) and St. Bernard High School.  Yunuen loves being a counselor at Samohi because of the diverse career and academic programs that are offered. 

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